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Awards

The museum's work has been recognised and celebrated through a range of award wins, shortlists and nominations.

Winner

Family Friendly Museum Award 2017

Kids in Museums
The Family Friendly Museum Award is Britain’s only award where families pick the winner.  Over 700 nominations from families and museums were whittled down to a shortlist of ten, which were then road-tested by family judges against the eight points in the Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto.

Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award

2018

Winner: Heritage, Museum, Library and Education Partnership Award, PHM in partnership with Manchester Secondary Pupil Referral Unit, for the artist-led project Who Represents Me; a bold, colourful and powerful piece of artwork featuring as part of the exhibition Represent! Voices 100 Years On.
The North West Cultural Education Awards 2018
These awards shine a light on those individuals, schools and organisations that have gone above and beyond in their work to bring the benefits of great arts and culture to the region’s children and young people – celebrating and championing best practice and innovation in the sector.

Winner: National Collaboration of the Year, for exhibitions Represent! Voices 100 Years On and Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights
National Democracy Week Awards 2018
The National Democracy Awards, first held in the 100th year of the first women gaining the right to vote, highlight the work of national leaders in democratic engagement.

Shortlisted: Temporary or Touring Exhibition, for Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2018.
The Museum + Heritage Awards recognise projects of excellence, innovative and ground-breaking inititiatives from galleries and visitor attractions across the UK and overseas.

Winner: “Toymark” Good Practice Award, for the PHM shop
Let Toys Be Toys
The Let Toys Be Toys “Toymark” recognises retailers that are doing a great job of offering toys to girls and boys alike.

2017

Winner: Volunteers in Museum Learning, for the Community Curators of Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights
Marsh Christian Trust Awards 2017
This award is run in partnership with the British Museum and recognises the best and most innovative ways in which volunteers work within local and national museums and galleries to engage the public with collections and exhibitions.

Shortlisted: Museum of the Year
Shortlisted: Exhibition of the Year, for Ideas Worth Fighting For
Northern Soul Awards 2017

The Northern Soul Awards celebrate and reward cultural and artistic excellence in the north of England.

Winner: Volunteer Team of the Year for the Community Curators of Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2017
The Museum + Heritage Awards celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which battle it out to win one of 11 prestigious awards.

2016

Highly commended: Fundraisers of the Year for Sponsor a Radical Hero campaign
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016
The Museums + Heritage Awards celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which compete to win one of several prestigious awards.

2015

Award: Quality Food & Drink Accolade for The Left Bank cafe bar
VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme
VisitEngland Accolades are awarded in recognition of the quality visitor experiences on offer.  Highlighting those elements that matter most to visitors, including the warm welcome on arrival, the presentation of the collections, the storytelling and the quality of the tea and cake, the accolades recognise those attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable visitor experience.

Winner: Museums + Heritage Awards 2015, Guardian Culture Pros Pick
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2015
The annual Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence recognise projects of excellence, innovative and groundbreaking exhibitions from galleries and visitor attractions across the UK and Europe.  Guardian Culture Pros Pick is an award for the UK’s most inspiring museum or heritage visitor attraction of the year, voted for by the public.

Commendation: Exhibition Design, for A Land Fit For Heroes by Modern Designers
The Drum Design Awards 2015
The Drum Design Awards recognise great design being produced by agencies across the whole of the UK, giving the opportunity for great craft, design and execution to be rewarded.  The awards are open to all design consultancies, advertising agencies, digital agencies, creative agencies, media owners, in house teams, freelancers or clients who work within the design discipline.

2013

Shortlisted: Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Manchester Tourism Awards 2013
The Manchester Tourism Awards celebrates tourism excellence across Greater Manchester.

Silver Award: Environmental Business Pledge
Environmental Business Pledge
Organised by Manchester City Council in partnership with Groundwork, the Environmental Business Pledge is a free advice and award scheme designed to help organisations in Manchester improve their environmental performance and generate cost savings.

Shortlisted: Best not-for-profit website or campaign for ‘Ideas worth scanning’ with Vivid
Northern Marketing Awards 2013
Organised by Prolific North.  Leading brands and organisations along with marketing, creative and digital agencies from across the north submit entries for 20 award categories.

2012

Shortlisted: Museums + Heritage Readers’ Award
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2012
The Museums + Heritage Awards celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which compete to win one of 13 prestigious awards.

Special Commendation: European Museum of the Year 2012
European Museum Forum
Founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe with the aim of recognising excellence in the European museum scene and encouraging innovative processes.  The museum was one of only four museums in Europe to receive the accolade, reserved for the most innovative and enterprising museums in Europe.

Bronze Award: Environmental Business Pledge
Environmental Business Pledge
Organised by Manchester City Council in partnership with Groundwork, the Environmental Business Pledge is a free advice and award scheme designed to help organisations in Manchester improve their environmental performance and generate cost savings.

2011

Award: People’s History Museum by Austin-Smith: Lord
Civic Trust Awards 2011
The Civic Trust Awards is an independent built environment awards scheme established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art.

Longlisted: Museum of the Year 2011
Art Fund Prize 2011
The Art Fund Prize 2011 rewards excellence and innovation in museums and galleries across the UK for a project completed or undertaken in 2010.  The museum was one of only ten museums across the country that was successful in reaching the longlist.

Highly commended: Best marketing campaign category for the re-branding of People’s History Museum
Shortlisted: Best permanent exhibition category for the museum’s new galleries
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2011
The Museums + Heritage Awards celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which compete to win one of ten prestigious awards.

Shortlisted: Design & Innovation category
Shortlisted: Tourism & Leisure category
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards North West
The prestigious property-based contest celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors and 44 shortlisted projects from all over the North West were hoping to win one of nine coveted RICS accolades.

Winner: Building structures medium category by Curtins Consulting for People’s History Museum
ACE Engineering Excellence Award
The Engineering Excellence Awards recognise the very best that consultancy and engineering has to offer.

Shortlisted: Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Manchester Tourism Awards 2011
The Manchester Tourism Awards celebrates tourism excellence across Greater Manchester.

2010

Nominated: Best coffee shop or casual dining venue category for The Left Bank cafe bar
Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards 2010
The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards provide a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester.

Winner: Building of the Year Award
The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce awards are given in recognition of key construction projects in Greater Manchester.

Winner: Best website, not for profit/charity sector category for www.phm.org.uk
Drum Awards for the Digital Industries (DADIs)
The DADIs (The Drum Awards for the Digital Industries) recognise and reward digital excellence.  These awards are open to any business, including agencies and clients, who are producing effective digital strategies.